FAQs

You’ve got questions; we’ve got answers. We know this is a big step for you, and it can come with a lot of uncertainty and occasionally confusion. At BCEN, we want nothing more than for you to succeed on your certification journey. As such, we are ready and willing to make ourselves available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
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Exam Registration Questions

  • How do I apply for a BCEN exam?

    The exam application is only available online via your BCEN Account. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to submit an exam application.

  • Will I get a discount on my exam for being a member of my professional association?

    Yes, the fee is $230 for professional association members and $370 for non-members.

  • I received a complimentary certification certificate; can I use this certificate to apply online?

    No, the complimentary certification certificate will need to be mailed into the BCEN office. Please contact a BCEN Candidate Experience Specialist at +1-877-302-BCEN (2236), or by email to bcen@bcen.org for more information.

  • Are BCEN exams offered internationally?

    Yes, BCEN exams are offered at Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide.

  • Are BCEN exams offered in other languages?

    BCEN exams are only available in English regardless of what country it is offered in.

  • What is the cost of the exam?

    The cost varies depending on membership status and certification status. View all fees.

  • When can I schedule my exam appointment?

    You can schedule your exam appointment with BCEN’s test delivery provider, Pearson VUE, after receipt of the exam eligibility email. An exam eligibility email is sent immediately after your online application is processed along with payment in full. It contains important information on your 90-day testing window and how to schedule your exam appointment with Pearson VUE. We strongly recommend that you decide on the date you want to sit for the exam and promptly schedule that date with Pearson VUE.

  • When will I receive my exam eligibility e-mail?

    Your exam eligibility email will be sent immediately after your online application and payment in full are received and processed.

    • If you complete your online application along with a credit card payment then your application is processed immediately. An eligibility email will be sent out immediately.
    • If you complete your online application, but mail in a check payment, please allow up to 4 weeks for processing. An eligibility email will be sent once your payment is received and processed.
  • From what email address will the eligibility email be sent?

    The eligibility email will be sent from bcen@bcen.org. In order to ensure receipt of your eligibility email, add bcen@bcen.org to your safe/trusted senders list for your email account.

  • I have not received my eligibility email; what should I do?

    First check your e-mail spam folder. If you are unable to locate the e-mail, contact a BCEN Candidate Experience Specialist within 2 business days of the processed application and payment. Note: If your payment was mailed, please allow up to 4 weeks for processing.

  • Is it necessary to schedule an exam appointment?

    Yes. You must have a scheduled exam appointment with Pearson VUE to sit for your exam; walk-ins without a scheduled appointment are not allowed. You must schedule and sit for the exam within your 90-day test window. We strongly recommend that you decide on the date you want to sit for the exam and promptly schedule that date with Pearson VUE. 

  • Can I schedule an appointment without the exam eligibility email?

    No, you must have an exam eligibility email with your Candidate ID number to schedule your exam appointment with Pearson VUE. The eligibility email is sent immediately after an online exam application is processed along with payment in full. You must schedule and sit for your exam within your 90-day testing window. We strongly recommend that you decide the date you want to sit for the exam and promptly schedule that date with Pearson VUE. 

  • May I contact Pearson VUE directly to schedule my exam appointment without submitting an application?

    No. Pearson VUE cannot schedule an exam appointment for you until the exam application process has been completed by BCEN. Immediately following the processing of your online exam application along with payment in full, an eligibility email is sent to you with instructions on how to schedule your exam.

  • Can I reschedule my examination?

    You are allowed to reschedule the exam date one time only with Pearson VUE online at www.pearsonvue.com/bcen, or with a customer service representative at 866-751-6589, Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm CST. The rescheduling must occur a minimum of 24 hours prior to the canceled exam date and within your 90-day testing window.

  • What happens if I missed my scheduled examination?

    If you fail to report to a scheduled examination appointment you will forfeit all paid fees. A new application and payment are required to re-apply for eligibility to sit for an exam.

  • How many times can I take the exam?

    Unlimited testing is allowed if you are unsuccessful; however, you are required to wait 90 days before re-testing. You may submit a re-test exam application online via your BCEN Account after the 90-day waiting period is over.

  • If I decide not to sit for the exam, can I receive a refund?

    A written request for a refund of the exam fee needs to be submitted to BCEN before an exam appointment is scheduled with our test delivery provider, Pearson VUE, and before the close of your 90-day testing window as outlined in the eligibility e-mail. You may email the refund request to bcen@bcen.org. Once an exam appointment has been scheduled, refund requests will not be accepted. Recertification fees are non-refundable.

Exam Administration Questions

Exam Scoring Questions

  • How many questions/items are on the exams?
    The CFRN exam consists of 180 items (150 scored and 30 unscored pretest items).
  • How are the exams scored?

    Your exam score is based on your performance on the exam, i.e., based on the number of exam items answered correctly (raw score).

  • How many items do I need to answer correctly to pass my exam?

    For CFRN: of the 150 scored items, candidates must answer 109 items correctly to achieve a passing score.

     

    Please note:  The passing score is not based on a curve; it is based upon your individual performance on the exam.

    Please note: The passing score can change every few years based upon the results of a job analysis (or role delineation study).  The job analysis surveys thousands of nurses in each specialty area to determine the knowledge and skills needed for the particular specialty area.  The passing score is established by a systematic procedure that employs the judgement of nurse experts representing each specialty practice area from around the country as well as the assistance of BCEN’s test development vendor.  The final determination of the passing score is approved by the BCEN Board of Directors.

  • How many people pass the exam?

    Number of candidates who sat for the exam in 2017

    CFRN® –  745

    Number of candidates who passed the exam in 2017

    CFRN –  449

     

    Number of candidates who failed the exam in 2017

    CFRN –  296

     

     

    Number of candidates who recertified in 2017

    CFRN –  576

    Note: This data is provided by BCEN per ABSNC’s program accreditation requirements for the CFRN certification program.

     

Test Accommodations Questions

  • How do I request a test accommodation?

    If test accommodations are needed, please answer ‘Yes’ to the Test Accommodation question in your application. From within the application, download the Test Accommodation form; upon completion, upload the form into the application.

    BCEN will review the completed form and approve any standard or non-standard accommodation(s) deemed appropriate.

    For more information, please contact a BCEN Candidate Experience Specialist at +1-877-302-BCEN (2236), or by e-mail at bcen@bcen.org.

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